a balanced budget just for the sake of balance. my goal is how do we grow the economy, put people back to work. if we do that, we'll be bringing in more revenue. if we've controlled spending and we've got a smart titlement package, then potentially what you have is balance. but it is not ballot backs of the poor, the elderly, the students who need student loans, families who got disabled kids. >> what do you think? how important is a balanced budget in the near term? in the next decade when it comes to the health of the economy? you can weigh in on the "nightline" page. hope you check out gma. more of the president's interview in the morning. see you tomorrow.